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Ominous new Gallup findings for Democrats: Blacks still love Obama, others not so much

Democrat president Barack Obama greeting presidents of Black Colleges and universities at White House 9-13-10

The good news for President Obama is his popular support among blacks is holding steady at 91%.

The bad news is no other group of potential voters likes him that much.

In fact, 29 days before his first midterm elections, the Democrat's approval ratings remain mired below 50%.

A new Gallup Poll this morning finds his approval rating for September was 45%, almost the same as August's 44%. Obama's not exceeded the crucial 50% level in a single month so far this year.

Since Obama's name is not on any ballot Nov. 2, the proportions of Americans who like or dislike the fellow on Oct. 1 of a midterm election year shouldn't matter, in theory. However, history indicates otherwise.

Presidents with approval ratings below 50% at midterm time see their party suffer substantial losses in its congressional membership, regardless of how much explaining and blaming the president attempts in the campaign leading up to what becomes, in effect, a referendum on the president.

And since Democrats currently hold substantial majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives, they have substantially more seats to lose. A switch of 39 House and 10 Senate seats would give control of both houses to the Republicans for the first time since they lost it in 2007.

Democrats (79%) and liberals (75%) still like Obama a lot.

But after that, his approval percentage goes to the deep south. Support among even young people is down: 57%. Hispanics: 55%. Moderates: 54%. Unmarrieds: 53%. Easterners: 52%. Women: 47%. Midwesterners and Westerners: 45%.

Men: 43%. Southerners: 41%. Independents: 40%. Marrieds: 39%. Seniors: 38%. Whites: 36%. Conservatives: 23%.

Amazingly, among Republicans Obama still manages to hold the support of 12%.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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There is one reason "blacks" support Obama.... he's sorta brown. There's one primary reason "whites" don't.... he's an ineffectual primadona with flawed radical ideas from academia. 91% of "blacks" also probably support "Bishop" Eddie Long.

Remember this from the Obama campaign? "I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car . . . I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage . . . If I help him [Obama], he's going to help me." I believe this sums up the mindset of a large portion of the 91%.

I can't understand why the "Black Community" still has high regards for Obama. He has done nothing for our community. He won't even block the southern borders of Texas, Arizona, and California knowing the tons of illegal drugs come across those borders and end up in our inner cities. Shame on him. Crime is still rampant. Drug use is out of this world. Unemployment is higher here than any other part of the country. Yes, the Black Community will vote Democrat again and love Obama because he is half Black. You must remember, he is more white than Black. And the Democrat party will continue to make promises and our cities like Chicago, Detroit, Newark, Cleveland, Washingto D.C., and Los Angeles will continue to decline and look , feel, and smell like an overflowing OUTHOUSE. Thank you Mr. President. And while AIG, Golden Sachs, GM, et al got theirs, we get the shaft once again. And we in the Black Community love him and will vote again for him simply because he is "black" When will we ever get over being race bait?

I never met a black man capable of honestly addressing the actions of another black man, regardless whether the individual was right or wrong.

MWWAAAHAHAHA!!! I can barely breath im laughing so hard. I told you so doesnt even do justice but ill still say it lol. You didnt see this coming you moronic dems? He said what he was, never lied, and took every opportunity to exploit the un-educated. To late now, I doubt we can recover from this progressive entrenchment, time to batten down and arm up lol. Remember, when they give your hard earned security (your families too) to all these deserving, misunderstood 'ethnic' individuals, remember that YOU chose this path you apathetic, short sighted, self righteous pseudo patriots. Keep saying things like "Well, it IS for the greater good." Keep on chasing that utopic dream while the real world laughs and rapes us. My goodness Im glad your loosing the freedom you dont deserve, and am ashamed to have ever defended you low lifes.

How much does any race have to be beaten down and disappoined by one of their own before they get the message that being racist and sticking with a leader simply because he or she is of their own race is a losing proposition? Wake up Black American and stop taking it in the short from Obama the way the rest of America has. The rest of us have figured it out and now it's time blacks do the same for their own sake.

I think this just demonstrates the un-PC reality of racism in America today. That if someone is of a certain skin color then one can do no wrong to some while whites get blamed for it. Its pretty standard for a president to have less than 50% approval 2 years in. However, you wouldn't be able to tell if a bunch of racists were only concerned about a person's skin color.

Black Community,
When Obama talks about redistributing the top 2% or the wealth, he’s talking about the GLOBAL community. Since EVERY American is part of the top 2% (including YOU), he is talking about taking YOUR wealth and giving it to other nations.

In other words, your support for this man is detrimental to your wallet.

This proves the point that if 90+% of blacks support Obama, it's not racist; they're supposedly supporting him because they think he's a good president. But when 70% of whites don't support thim, they're supposed to be racist, right? Gimme a break. Black Americans who have been blindly voting for Democrats all their lives should ask themselves where has blind loyalty to that party gotten them after 50 years? As a white American, I don't care what color someone is, I don't care what color or gender or religion my next door neighbor is ...I only care they work hard, can afford to live in the same house as me because they earned it and didn't get a handout. The truth is, Barama is just damn incompetent, and there 'ain't a small businessman or businessman in America, REGARDLESS of color, who doesn't have more experience than Barama does at building something and making it successful. There are plenty of smart, savvy and financially succesful black American business people who I'd vote for in a minute. Barama is truly the worst president I've seen in my lifetime.

I have friends of all races, many of them black. I don't believe this poll is accurate. People of all races are frustrated with this administration. I believe this is more liberal propaganda trying to ramp up the November elections and that's all. I wouldn't read too much into it folks.

It's pretty sad when people will do exactally opposite of what Dr. King suggested. Here we have 91% of a group of people who will totally ignore Obama's long list of failings, ignore his lack of leadership, his uncontrolled spending, his failed campaign promises and his lack of character...but still stand behind him because of the color of his skin!
And Sarah Palin has suffered endless attacks by the media before during and well after the election. She had writers move in next door to her to try to get some dirt on her. She and her family have been targets by Letterman, SNL, Jon Stewart etc and no body has ever cried racism, feminism or stood up for her even though none of the allegations against her ever stood up.
But Obama keeps his college records sealed, his background private, his relatives silent and even though his past and current relationships are with very slimy people none of it is questioned.
This country will be controled by the 91% of those who can't think on their own and they will control those to scared to be called a racist!

Stupidity follows stupidity.

Before the 2008 election several times Black women where ask,since it happened the first time in our history, what will they vote for a woman in the White House or a Black man ?
And the answer was 92% for Black. Gender is much less important .
Color was and always will be ahead of anything else. Does not matter good or bad.

So, if you're black and you vote for a guy because he's black, that's not racism, but if you're white and you vote for someone because they're white, that's racism. Tell me when this Alice in Wonderland world is over.

I strongly suspect Obama's approval rate is actually much lower thatn 45%. In the setting of a phone call from a pollster, a large percent of people are uncomfortable with admitting they don't approve of the President. They are afraid of being seen as a racist, even by an unknown person at the other end of a phone call. In our current environment if you disagree with Obama's preference on pizza toppings, you're considered a dirty racist. Honest polling answers regarding Obama? No way.

It's a shame that Blacks still support Obama. It has to be a race thing.

Really? 23% of conservatives approve of Obama. I find that hard to believe. Either 23% of conservatives didn't understand the question, or 23% of the people don't know what conservative means.

91% of blacks approve of Obama? But it's white people who are so racist right. You couldn't get 91% of Americans to agree that the sky is blue.

The president is a complete racist as are most black people. Is the any wonder race relatations are getting worse? The only president in the entire existance of the United States who could tell the black people (like Bill Cosby) to stop misbehaving, killing, robbing, raping, etc., yet he does not. The black people in this country make up roughly 13% of the population, yet commit greater than 80% of the crime. Hey white people out there stand up and scream loud. OBAMA YOU ARE A RACIST AND A COMPLETE DISCRACE TO THIS COUNTRY!!!! Take control of your people.

So looks like blacks are supporting Barack for one reason only...cuz he's half black. Boy, no reverse racism there.

Wow, an examination of the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in an issue from the LA Times no less? Perhaps "white guilt" won't drive every editorial comment any longer.

Kind of nice to see some semblance of objectivity. We've been waiting for forty years for it, but apparently someone finally turned on a light bulb in the editorial department.

Maybe the loss of half your subscribers has had an impact on your thinking. I was under the impression that your goal was to go out of business as soon as possible.

Unfortunately we all had to find out that Obama is an empty suit. A lot of grand ideas that we are unable to pay for. Makes great speeches to his choir who think that he will soon walk on water. Like President Carter, who has been considered our worst president, Obama will be in that category. When some of us were dating in our younger years remembered the type who promised too much but could not deliver. We all felt lucky when we never continued with that person.

This means that if turnout is proportional based on population, the vote against Obama is 73%.

Obama has done nothing for Blacks. He doesn't even bother to nominate an African American for the Supreme Court, because he has them in his pocket.

Until Blacks open their eyes see that the Democrats are just pandering racial injustice to divide the greater population, Blacks will not have any effective representation in Government.

Sounds like those Republicans are gunshy and sick of being called racist.

"Yeah, sure, I like Obama."

The pollster hangs up, and the respondent uncrosses his or her fingers and whispers "Not."

Oddly enough, if the Bamster follows the same course as Africans, Dominicans and Haitians, he is probabaly not as fond of American blacks as they are of him.

I am relieved to finally hear people say the same things I've been thinking ever since YoBamma took office. The only reason he is even in office is because, for the first time in our history the Black population came out and voted in record numbers (What a coincidence). Not because they wanted change for America, but change they thought would benefit them. I am not against black people at all, I am only against a prejudice that is all to common amoung Blacks, while in reality, white people are the ones facing the most prejudice. Try putting the "White" label in front of some of the same things you see the word "Black" in front of.... and every black person would file a law suit against it. But wait, I forgot, White people are the only ones who are prejudice.

Why is it that I am not surprise by the use "Blacks" still love him? Obama and the media has turned this into a race issue rather than an American issue.

Why wouldn't blacks love him or any other race that receives government hand-outs!?

This is the type of people that he can only attract to his side as long as the "free money" continue to come into play.

It is sad that America has a President far worst then Jimmy Carter, they talk about Bush, but in less than 18 months Obama has place this country on the brink of bankrupcy.

At this stage of the term for Obama, he is the major cause that China now owns us.

This will be the frist and last term for Obama.... this guy on daning wiht the stars...give me a handout and i will like him too..governing is a different story....

After traveling across the country these past several weeks to cajole and implore the more radical elements that comprise the 'shock troops" of his support base to join the "Hands-In-Your-Pocket" march on Washington; and, to boldly charge up that "re-distributionist" hill so as to energize his base, their "Dear Leader" Barack was a No-Show.
Terrified of presenting the general public with a visual reminder so close to an election of his intimate associations with such subversive elements in our society, factions that include the Communist Party USA, Barack opted to unceremoniously slip out of town; and, refused to even welcome his "storm troopers" to the Nation's Capital with so much as a video address. Even more poignantly, Obama refused to even send a low level emissary to extend his greeting.
Folks in the left-wing extremist fringe groups of America's political landscape sure did select "one-hell-of-a-leader". Just remember that Obama will jettison YOU overboard whenever he perceives it to be in HIS best interests. Greg Neubeck

Given all of the groups that were polled... It would be quite interesting to poll Obama's approval among people who actually pay federal income taxes... The people who actually pay the bills...

The black people in this country are obviously racist.

It is important to point out that 90% of Black Third World Countries are 3rd World! Because they are voting with their emotions instead of thinking this through. Obama would be a third world dictator right here if we let him! He would live large and let the rest of us kiss his a$$!

is the 91% approval rating among blacks because Obama is black, or because he is a Liberal Dem? A similar poll from ABC in 2001 shows 90% approval among blacks for President Clinton.

Allegiance to Liberalism seems to be a reasonable conclusion. The more extreme the better.

Still a major blind spot.

This is NOT news. It is no different than the question of whether or not OJ Simpson was guilty...

Are you trying to tell me that all the libs aren't fainting at the very site of this man anymore? Perhaps, just perhaps, he is the man who DID sit in Rev. Wrights church for 20 years listening to black propaganda and "God Damn America". Do you also think that maybe the mainstream media could have been wrong in their all-out support for this man? Do you think that maybe they are biased, racist, Democrat partisans? Perhaps their souls are as black and evil as Dan Rather. Just asking the question.....

Trust the real people of America who understand the constitution and vote with them this year; not the Obama media, please.

And it's the whites who are the racists.

1. Could these numbers be so packed into cement that the outcome would say: these 91% are racists???? After all,if whites, Asians, Hispanics had poll numbers like this that would be the cry. Yet, why would black Americans be so dumbed down to support a purely socialist failed Admin. and a bunch of lackies who use blacks EVERY ELECTION TIME? There are few private sector jobs. That is Obama's fault not the Pubs. Obama has not reached out to Pubs. Many who still view Obama favorably do so, I will bet my house, because of white, black, brown, guilt. Yep, the first black Prez. My oh my. Well the guy is a huge inept socialist failure. And he and his Dem progressive ilk in Congress are a danger to all colors in America.

Simple explanation as I presented to my sociology class earlier today...

Racism within the black community is as prevailant as in any other demographic.

So why do we have hate crime laws that target one demo?

Answer: Liberalism

When a group supports someone simply because they are a part of the same group and the nature of the group is a race or religion, that is fairly disgusting and those people should be ashamed of the way they are stuck in the past.

momma taught us that if your friends jump off a cliff then you shouldn,t .Not once did she say if they are the same color as you you jump too!Black people are killing MLK,S dream by being racist and allowing this nation to die by being so.

Unfortunately, too many of my fellow blacks can't get past Obama's skin color to realize that when he screws the country up, it affects EVERYONE!!!!!!!

If Bush had 91% of whites liking him,It would be all over Pmsnbc and Cnn as Rqacist Whites,but I guess blacks cannot be Racist!...Yoblamo could rob a bank on Tv and blacks would still love him and blame it on Whitey.

I wonder who the real bigots and racists are, those who oppose obama because of his dismal failed policies and socialist, job killing, economy destroying agenda, or those who "love" him, simply because of the color of his skin, ignoring any relevant facts or the content of his character..... The answer seems obvious to me.

Big deal, black folks make up 35% of the population so this is not even close to a majority. It is very telling however that black folks are standing with Obama, is this racism or merely ignorance. At the end of the day Obama is a one term president who will end up making Carter look like he knew what he was doing. Sad since he had so much potential to change things for the better but instead chose to enrich himself and his friends, almost like Clinton part two.

You would expect these results with the most racist president in history.

Racists! They are racists! They must be racists........... if 91% of blacks still support Obama, then they are simply racists.

Impeach the lying bum ! He lied to his own kind and they still follow him?C,mon black folks can,t be that stupid!Oh wait a minute I forgot about Sharpton.I could be wrong after all.

This has to be a phoney poll. No one in their right mind would support this disaster and destructive policies. Obviously taken from the masses without critical thinking skills.

Obama is the Messiah and will bring the others around. No Problem for him.

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